Challengers of the Unknown #13

DC Comics

United States

Published
April-May 1960
Page count
36
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Black & white
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/15579

Credits

Editing
Jack Schiff

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Creatures from the Past! (Challengers of the Unknown) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure; superhero
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis]; a centaur

Credits

Pencils
Bob Brown

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #20 ([August 1960?])
Creatures from the Past
Show/hide 1. The Prisoner of the Tiny Space Ball (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure; superhero
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; Zanna; Vraba; Benrun; Ak-Selians; Dakyab; Dakyab's gang

Credits

Script
France Ed Herron
Pencils
Bob Brown

Synopsis

A tiny rocket ship lands near Challenger Mountain. Inside Prof finds a tiny gold ball. Which is snatched by an alien spaceman, who runs for his own spaceship! Prof tackles him. X-rays show a tiny man inside. The ball pops open and the prisoner expands to normal size. He is Zanna, former ruler of the planet Ak-Sel. He was overthrown by an insurgent, Dakyah, shrunk, and exiled into space. In the would-be thief’s spaceship, the Challengers and Zanna fly to Ak-Sel. Zanna’s underground fighters hide in an extinct volcano. But Dakyah’s troops attack. Blacking out the complex, Zanna’s fighters and the Challengers fly to a floating island, one of many. Dakyah plans an attack from his palace. The Challengers counter-attack. With precision flying, they float the entire island over the palace and attack in jet-sleds! The Challengers blow up the main defenses and land. Zanna’s army overruns the palace. Victory! Where’s Dakyah? Trapped in a tiny space ball! He hoped to escape and be rescued later. The Challengers, their help greatly appreciated, will be flown back to Earth.

Notes

writer id by Bob Hughes

Show/hide 2. Aloha... Hawaii! Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Non-fiction
Characters
Senator Hiram L. Fong; Senator Oren E. Long; Rep. Daniel K. Inouye

Credits

Script
Jack Schiff
Art
Bernard Baily
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Synopsis

A celebration of Brotherhood Week and Hawaii as our 50th state.

Show/hide 3. Solar System Sizes! Comic story, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Non-fiction

Synopsis

Comparisons between the size of Mercury and Australia, the Moon and Europe, and the Sun against other stars.

Show/hide 4. Silent Doom Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction

Credits

Author
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 5. "The contents of one of these vials..." (Dr. Floogle) Comic story, 0.6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Dr. Floogle
Genre
Humor
Characters
Dr. Floogle

Credits

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Art
Henry Boltinoff
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Synopsis

Dr. Floogle has mixed up two vials of chemicals.

Show/hide 6. The Creatures from the Past (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure; superhero
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]; June Robbins; Dr. Henry; a cyclops; a centaur; a dragon

Credits

Script
Dave Wood ?
Pencils
Bob Brown

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #20 ([August 1960?])
The Creatures from the Past
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
The Creatures from the Past
 
United States
Showcase Presents Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 1 ([October] 2006)
From GCD
from Challengers of the Unknown (DC, 1958 series) #13.

Synopsis

Off the island of Colchis near Greece, Dr. Henry has a recently-uncovered volume that claims the Golden Fleece was real. June has been helping. The party lands near ruins and splits up to search. Rocky falls into a cellar and finds the Golden Fleece! He dons it to climb out. But feels dizzy... Searching, the Challengers spot Rocky in the fleece. He runs - and a flame-breathing dragon charges, then vanishes. Dr. Henry guesses Rocky is “trapped in the fleece’s powers” and summons mythical creatures from a “never-never land.” An ancient vase of fluid might be important. Hunting Rocky, the Challengers are grabbed by a cyclops! Ace recalls its weakness is vision. He grabs a beehive and pitches it. Assailed by bees, the cyclops hides in a grotto. Dr. Henry and June have deciphered that the fluid changes gold to base metals - it can destroy the fleece’s power. While Rocky charges Ace and Red on a centaur! Prof snags a hoof with a vine, cowboy-style. Rocky hears a strange siren song and wanders to the beach. A mermaid sings - then flings fluid in Rocky’s face. It’s June in disguise! The golden fleece fades to normal. With the magic gone, Rocky’s head clears. The mythical creatures fade away to the land of legends.

Notes

writer id by Bob Hughes


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 38450

Entry created

  • 09/08/2014

Index completed

  • 09/08/2014

Last updated

  • 09/08/2014